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Questions about the K-1 Visa processing in the Bulgarian consulate

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If anyone have had experience with the Bulgarian consulate, could you please advise us about these questions that we are pondering on:

1. Is the medical exam done at the embassy, or could it be with a doctor of your choice, or a doctor the embassy chooses?

2. Does the Bulgarian consulate accepts co-sponsors for the K-1 Visa and how flexible are they on co-sponorship requirements? Do they accept more than one co-sponsor?

3. Does the Bulgarian consulate has any specifics about tax returns and other documents?

4. Generally speaking for all embassies about the K-1 usually do they make the date for the interview or you choose it yourself like with the B1/B2 Visa? And if the embassy chooses the date, is it very quick like go to the interview tomorrow or they give you enough time to prepare?

Many Thanks!

Our K1 journey so far:

Service Center : California Service Center (We were lucky. They are lighting fast.)

Consulate : Bulgaria

I-129F Sent : 2015-09-08

I-129F NOA1 : 2015-09-17

I-129F RFE(s) : None (Praise the Lord and my fiance for being awesome with documents, unlike me) :)

I-129F NOA2 : 2015-10-15 :dancing: :joy: ( 37 days after sending the petition we got NOA2 )

NVC Received : 2015-10-22

Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-11-02

NVC Left : 2015-11-04

Consulate Received : 2015-11-13

Packet 3 Received : 2015-11-16 Brown Slip

Interview Date : 2015-12-07 APPROVED!!! (L)

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You can find a start on your answers here:


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Good luck!

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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